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From: HeatherBoston (
Subject:         Re: High-Fat Diet Transition?
Date: October 23, 2007 at 9:53 am PST

In Reply to: High-Fat Diet Transition? posted by Grace on October 2, 2007 at 11:28 am:

This is a reallty great question, and one that I have recently been pondering. I'm 25 and have been vegan for almost 8 years. For the last 10 months, I've been doing a pretty high fat intake--like you, all coming from coconut, walnuts, avacado, flax seed oil and olive oil (good fats--the coconut being the controversial one, but that I believe to be incredibly healthful). I'm thinking that my calories from fat are in the 60-80% range--which sounds startling except my BMI is around 19 or 20. Anyways, I was wondering if this would pose some type of issue.
I went to a nutrition talk over the weekend by Dr. Michael Greger who is simply put a vegan genius. I found him to be extremely resourceful. In his talk, one of the points of interest that I saw, came from a study saying that increases in intake of walnuts does not affect you negatively despite the high fat intake. Beyond this I don't remember what was said (there was so much I learned and I should have taken more notes), but it has me under the notion that high-fat diets stemming from good sources may not pose a threat at all.
My suggestion? Send Dr. Greger an email asking him this question. He's more than qualified to answer.

Good luck, and let me know what you find.

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